Records: Grizzlies (50-24) at Blazers (33-41)
10:00 PM EST
Rose Garden, Portland, OR
Line: Memphis -6.0, O/U: 189.0
My readers at Grizzly Bear Blues...we only have 7 more games left (including this one) before the playoffs hit us full swing. The Grizzlies are heading straight into the Western Conference playoffs as a top-four seed with a team-record 50 wins. Tonight, the Grizz are heading into Portland seeking their 51st win against a struggling Blazers team.
A large reason why we're at 50 wins? Mike Conley.
Mike Conley is the stud after his last-second layup in a 92-90 victory over West-leading San Antonio on Monday night, finishing with 23 points. The Grizzlies are 10-3 this season when Conley has scored at least 20.
The Grizz have won three-straight against Portland - in the most recent matchup, Conley had a career-high 15 assists and 14 points. Six of the 14 points were scored in the last minute of regulation.
The Blazers have lost five-in-a-row heading into tonight's game and are facing playoff elimination by sports fans greatest friend and enemy: mathematics. They're 11th in the West and 5.5 games out of a playoff seed.
By the Numbers
- Memphis has won 21 of 29 games since the Rudy Gay trade.
- Conley is averaging a career-high in scoring (14.4 points) and steals this season. He's averaging 20.2 points, 6.0 assists, and 2.22 steals on .470 shooting in his last nine games.
- Jerryd Bayless has been on fire - averaging 17.4 points on .485 shooting over the last 10 games.
- And, for the heck of it: 5 of 13 Grizzlies' players are left-handed.